Artist Talk: Six Years Smitten

Six Years Smitten reunites a dynamic range of artists, with over 70 participants in a cumulative exhibition of wearable artworks.  This will be the first long-term exhibition of Smitten Forum participants, and will also reunite several members of this remarkable community.

 

Every year since 2014, Marissa Saneholtz and Sara Brown have invited a new group of jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for a week. Over six years, the forum expanded in numbers and geographic area to encompass over 70 artists in several states.

 

Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment, or a crafty piece of performance art. Invitees range from emerging to well-established jewelers who employ a stunning array of mediums and techniques—including casting, computer aided design, found object assemblage, powder coating, tin construction, traditional silversmithing, and welding.

 

 

note G | Live Performance by New Mexico Dance Project

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PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at 6 pm, performances are at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The gallery will ask for a $10-$25 donation at the door in support of the artists.

“I wanted to challenge myself to construct a machine using two human bodies. I wanted to visually demonstrate what a morphing, a weaving, a coding, even a glitch can look like through movement “ says Scarlett Wynne, the choreographer behind “note G,” a live performance installation exploring the relationship between artificial and organic capacity.

The dance work happens in tandem with form & concept’s Beyond Punch Cards exhibition, which offers unexpected perspectives on the links between technology and textiles. Wynne and her husband, Erik Sampson––the team behind New Mexico Dance Project––perform the 15-minute “note G” twice on July 19, along with a special video installation projected after each performance and an artist Q&A rounding out the evening.

Wynne and Sampson founded New Mexico Dance Project in January of this year. Since launching their project, Wynne and Sampson have taken every opportunity to perform. Open rehearsals and audience talk-backs allow them to connect with the larger community. “The dance industry has maintained a certain separation from its audience, and we wanted to press into that and find opportunities for exploring dance in unique environments that provided more access to our audience,” Sampson explains.

Wynne and Sampson met while studying dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. They soon found that Sampson’s cautious and practical approach to dance balanced Wynne’s tendencies towards creative risk-taking. After graduating, Wynne danced for the Georgia Ballet.
The two then danced for the same company, Uptown Dance Company, in Houston, where they married. They then moved on to Denver, where Wynne danced for Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet and Wonderbound and Sampson worked as an educator. After a short stint in Saint Louis, the pair moved to Santa Fe in late 2018.

New Mexico Dance Project innovatively takes storytelling elements from classical ballet and combines them with raw, experimental forms of human expression found in modern and contemporary dance. In terms of choreography, Wynne sees “note G” as an opportunity for personal growth. “During my choreographic process, I create work specifically to be identifiable, to be human, and to be raw. Note G was a way of stretching myself by exploring material outside my comfort zone and looking at movement from a different perspective.”

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Issue VII Print Release Party | UNUM Magazine

Join UNUM Magazine to celebrate the women of Issue VII: Women of the New Collar Workforce.

Sponsored by Fab Lab Hub, these forward-thinking women use new tools like 3D printing and augmented reality to create and innovate. The print version launch party will be held at form & concept on Thursday evening July 18th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Print issues of the magazine that feature Augmented Reality links will be available for purchase.

The evening will feature a chance to meet a few of the women from the magazine and Mayte Cardenas and Marisa Xochtl Jimenez joining us as guest speakers. We will have light refreshments and bites by DayaSantaFe.

The Bench | Workshops

The Bench | Southwest Makers Symposium

July 26 – July 29

Are you ready to master the art of soft circuits? Maybe you’re in need of business coaching, photography tips, or insight on the possibilities of reclaimed materials.

Beginning July 26th, The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium offers workshops and over a dozen lectures by prominent names in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing.

We’ve re-opened registration to The Bench  and its exclusive workshops. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today!


From RAW to Refined: Documenting 2D and 3D artwork with a DSLR

July 25 & July 26, 9 am – 4 pm

This intensive 2-day workshop covers the fundamentals of photographic documentation using a DSLR camera for both 2D and 3D media.

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Soft Circuit Dolls 

July 27, 9 am – 12 pm

Experience the satisfying feeling of creating an electric circuit using conductive threads and fabric that will put a sparkle in someone’s eyes. Led by Nicole Jacquard, participants create an interactive doll using conductive threads and fabrics.

 

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Sustainable Belt Buckles

July 29 & July 30, 10 am – 4 pm

Learn how to make a unisex piece of jewelry that looks good while holding your pants up! Custom findings appropriate for recycled material buckles will be provided allowing us to incorporate found and recycled materials.

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Business Coaching for Makers

July 29, 9 am – 1 pm

Heidi Lowe provides tools for you to have the most successful year to date. Covers mind reframing techniques, including meditation and visualization, as well as logistics so that you can put into motion the things you want to attract.

 

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Masters of the Art of Marketing Art

Please Note: Due to limited seating, this free event is registration-only. Click here to save your spot.

What methods are essential to developing a successful online art business? How can a business attract both locals and tourists? How do you turn an art lover into an art collector? Elodie Holmes, Heidi Loewen, and Sandy Zane—revered artists and gallery owners of the Santa Fe art community—convene at form & concept for a panel dedicated to mastering the art of marketing art.

Led by SCORE Santa Fe Chair Bob Gallatin, each speaker will discuss their approaches to utilizing marketing platforms, from a local to international scale. Their diverse experiences and perspectives will create an engaging educational experience for new and established artists and businesses alike.

Elodie Holmes is the owner and head artist at Liquid Light Glass, and established the Baca Street Arts district in 2000. In addition to supporting the arts community, Holmes is an internationally acclaimed artist. In 2016 she received the New Mexico Governor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts in recognition of her achievements.

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Heidi Loewen is the owner of Heidi Loewen Fine Art, where she exhibits her contemporary smoke fired porcelain platters and vessels. Loewen offers workshops in her gallery to tourists and locals. In 2012, she was selected by UNESCO to travel to South Korea lecture, teach, and create with other ceramic artists. She was ArtSmart’s 2019 Artist of the Year.

Sandy Zane is the owner of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. She serves on the boards of Creative Santa Fe, Creative Startups, and SFCC and is Treasurer for Parallel Studios. She received the Remarkable Woman Honoree of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2012 and the Mayor’s Arts Award in 2017.

Bob Gallatin is the chair of SCORE Santa Fe, which provides mentorship to small business throughout Northern New Mexico. With an understanding and appreciation of people combined with organizational and financial knowledge and experience, Bob helps both existing and start-up companies solve problems and achieve success.

Workshop: Nika Feldman | Tees & Tabs

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Tees & Tabs Workshop

Saturday, March 16

Workshop Hours: 1-5 pm

Fee: $40 registration

In conjunction with the exhibition Spirits in the Material World, featuring a series of seven garment-like works made from recycled t-shirt fabric and aluminum can pull-tabs, Nika Feldman offers this special workshop. Participants will learn how to let these idiosyncratic materials direct their creative process. Feldman will teach basic embroidery techniques. All supplies included.

This class is limited to 20 participants, so make sure to register early! The $40 registration fee reserves your spot.

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Spirits in the Material World Events

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Tees & Tabs Workshop: Saturday, March 16, 1-5 pm | Register`

Workshop: Lisa Klakulak | Felt Form

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is sold out. Please email us at info [at] formandconcept.center to be added to the waiting list.

Felt Form: Sculpting by way of Shrinkage

February 23-24, 2019

Workshop Hours: 9 am-4 pm, with a one-hour lunch break.

Fees: $300 registration / $15 materials

In conjunction with the exhibition Since Taos, featuring a collection of felt-based work created between 2001 and the present day, Lisa Klakulak will offer a 2-day course focusing on wet felting techniques to develop three-dimensional forms. Participants will explore the use of resists to build hollow forms while the placement of different weights of wool within the layout preparation determine the concave and convex areas of the form, a method Klakulak terms “extreme differential shrinkage.” Working with a limited palette of wool, the emphasis will be on exploring a plethora of small-scale forms, the relationship of pressure and directional agitation to the felting process, and—of course—enjoying the feel of this humble material.

This class is limited to ten participants, so make sure to register early! The $300 registration fee reserves your spot, while the $15 registration fee is due at the start of the workshop.

Since Taos Events

Preview Artist Talk: Friday, February 22, 4-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Felting Workshop: Feb. 23-24, $315 | SOLD OUT.

Opening: Lisa Klakulak | Since Taos

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Lisa Klakulak presents Since Taos: Contraction of Mass, Concision of Thought. The solo exhibition of 13 felt-based sculptures was created over a period of nearly two decades, since the freewheeling artist moved away from Taos, New Mexico in 2001. The collection simultaneously acts as a vivid portrait of Klakulak’s emotional journey and manifestation of her unique way of processing the world through fiber creations. “Like any piece of art you make, you are releasing an idea into the object,” Klakulak says. “It’s a completion of a certain cycle, and it’s interesting when someone on the other side spins it into their own emotive universe.” Klakulak’s work voices ideas about growth, human connection, mental stability, and the formation of personhood, as well as social commentary on issues of gender, income inequality, and culture.

Klakulak appears at a preview artist talk of Since Taos on Friday, February 22 from 4 to 5 pm. The opening reception directly follows, from 5 to 7 pm. The artist presents a registration-only felting workshop on February 23 and 24, 2019.

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EVENTS

Preview Artist Talk: Friday, February 22, 4-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Felting Workshop: Feb. 23-24, $315 | Register Here.

Preview Artist Talk: Lisa Klakulak

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Lisa Klakulak appears at this special preview of Since Taos: Contraction of Mass, Concision of Thought, directly preceding the opening reception of the solo exhibition. The series of 13 felt-based sculptures was created over a period of nearly two decades, since the freewheeling artist moved away from Taos, New Mexico in 2001. Klakulak thinks of her life since that moment in distinct phases. “The works are all related to these leaps of faith that I have taken,” she says. “I want to think about, or articulate what I’m thinking about, in a manner that I can translate into a physical form.” Join her for an interactive tour of the show, just before its official debut.

Learn more about this exhibition.

EVENTS

Preview Artist Talk: Friday, February 22, 4-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Felting Workshop: Feb. 23-24, $315 | SOLD OUT.

Artist Talk: Nika Feldman | Spirits in the Material World

Nika Feldman hosts an artist talk for her solo exhibition Spirits in the Material World on Saturday, January 26 from 2 to 3 pm. Spirits in the Material World is an exploration of the coded language of garments, within Feldman’s native cultural context. The show’s title holds multiple references, one being as Feldman explains, “The belief that the spirits of both the maker and the wearer are held within a garment.” Another reference is to a song with the same name by The Police from the 1981 album Ghost in the Machine, which one could argue describes the unfortunate state of realities today. The underlying message within the song that resonates for Feldman is the description of a material culture, which is void of sacredness.

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EVENTS

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Tees & Tabs Workshop: Saturday, March 16, 1-5 pm | Register